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Susan M. Pelletier

Senior Associate

Susan Pelletier represents clients at all stages of litigation, with particular experience in appellate and Supreme Court litigation, as well as in crisis management and strategic response matters.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Pelletier was a law clerk for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Pelletier was previously a law clerk for the Honorable Harry T. Edwards and the Honorable Merrick B. Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. She served on the Biden-Harris Transition advising on legal issues and domestic policy executive actions.

Ms. Pelletier’s experience includes drafting legal memoranda and briefs in the US Supreme Court and state and federal appellate and trial courts and successfully briefing and arguing a habeas appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She has represented companies, individuals, and organizations in numerous matters involving the First Amendment, anti-discrimination and affirmative action, administrative law, voting rights and democracy, and separation of powers issues.

In her strategic response practice, Ms. Pelletier helps clients assess and manage legal and reputational risks when facing media or government attention and potential crises, including in matters related to anti-discrimination and public health emergencies. Her work in this area includes assisting clients in responding to congressional investigations and preparing for congressional hearings.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2016

      magna cum laude Supreme Court Chair, Harvard Law Review
    • BS, Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, 2011

      summa cum laude
  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

    • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

    • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court, 2019 - 2020

    • The Hon. Harry T. Edwards, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2017 - 2018

    • The Hon. Merrick B. Garland, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2016 - 2017

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